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Farmington Daily Times (Newspaper) - September 2, 2015, Farmington, New Mexico Catholic Church Pope priests can absolve a sin of abortion Church views abortion As As such a grave sin that Only Bishops May Deal with Issue by Rran Caa d Emillo the at Mcmurd pre Vatican emf a Pope Francis is applying his vision of a merciful Church to women who have had abortions easing their path toward forgiveness and saying he realizes some Felt they had no Choice but to make a this agonizing and painful decision a in a letter published tuesday by the holy see. Francis said he was allowing All rank and file priests to Grant Abosi utom during the year of mercy he has proclaimed which runs dec 8. 2015 until no 20. 2016 the roman Catholic Church views abortion As such a grave sin that it put the matter of granting forgiveness for an abortion in the hands of a Bishop who could either hear the woman s confession himself or Delegate that to a priest who is expert in such situations. Now. Francis is Mak ing it possible for women to bypass this formalized process in the approaching special year of mercy while putting the stress on a contrite hearts in a statement after the Pope s letter the Vatican made Clear that a forgiveness of the sin of abortion does not condone abortion nor minimize its grave effects. The newness is dearly Pope Francis pastoral a in the United states Many Bishops already allow priests to absolve women who have had abortions while in other dioceses Bishops have reserved the decision for themselves said the Rev. James Martin editor at Large of the Jesuit Magazine America the Popes directive on tuesday a reminds priests of the need for mercy and it also takes a very pastoral tone toward woman who have had an Martin said. New York Cardinal Timo thy Dolan who will be hosting Francis in the City later this month during the papal . Pilgrimage noted that priests in his diocese have had the authority to forgive the sin of abortion for about three decades. Quot i Hope that this announcement by the holy father will encourage Many people to come Forward to find the True peace and Healing through this Beautiful and tender sacrament of reconciliation. Dolan ct�0q of tues to associate Maes Pope Francis attends a prayer on the occasion of the world Day of the creation s care tuesday in St Peter s Basilica at the Vatican wrote on his Biog. Francis made Clear he int downplaying the Gravity of abortion which the Church essentially views As equivalent to murder. But he emphasized that abortion is an intensely personal often anguished Choice for women the tragedy of abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness As if not realizing the extreme harm that such an Art entails a Francis wrote. A Many others on the other hand. Although experiencing this moment As a defeat believe that they have no other option Quot Francis Drew on decades of pastoral experience with faithful in his native Argentina. Including As Bur nos Aires archbishop. A i have met so Many women who hear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful the Pope wrote. A i am Well aware of the pressure that led them to this Francis said a i know that it is an existential and moral ordeal Quot Quot the forgiveness of god cannot be denied to one who has repented especially when that person approaches the sacrament of confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the the Pope said that is Why he has decided to concede to All priests a the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who. With con trite heart seek forgiveness for it Quot Francis said. His words found Welcome on his Home continent. In Brazil which counts More catholics than any other nation and where abortion is permitted Only when a woman a life is endangered. Polls routinely show Well Over two thirds of brazilians think their abortion Laws should stay strict. But Renata Maia a 36-year old Mother of two. Welcomed the Pope s move As she walked up the Steps of a Church in Rio de Janeiro a while in a against taking a life i also know that women who have had abortions need forgiveness Quot Maia said. Rosangela Talib a coordinator at the Sao Paulo based group catholics for the right to decide welcomed the development but said a it would be far More important if it did no to have an expiration Quot it should be permanent not lust during the year of mercy Quot she said Jessica Gonzalez Rojas executive director of a new York based abortion rights organization. National Latina Institute for reproductive health called it significant the Pope a recognizes the need to talk about abortion Quot daily to com Homm Mumm in a Gahn 11 coh Ai Contact us wow a. My ii to Renau so asm. Mow mar Cam Home Dir Tuv ii. New Masv Asti comm Iwuc Tan a a aia i aim Monon a aka we to of int to an m. Is Urna Mew Ian a a a ctn Fri to of of f Mia to in . 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